Sheila Hancock & Jenna Russell get musical in Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens

Olivier Award-winning West End stars, Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell, are to star in the European première of Grey Gardens.

Based on an iconic 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens tells the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale.

It starts in 1941 at an engagement party at Grey Gardens, the Bouvier’s mansion in East Hampton, Long Island.

The musical tracks the progression of the two women’s lives from American aristocrats to reclusive social outcasts living in such squalid conditions, in a home overrun by cats, that the Health Department deemed the mansion ‘unfit for human habitation’.

The show has a book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. It is produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland, the award-winning team behind Grand Hotel, Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel.

Grey Gardens runs in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from January 2 – February 6.

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